Ellen's '90s sitcom was a moderate hit, but ratings were never the same after the episode where Ellen's character came out of the closet. After that, she was given another shot with The Ellen Show in 2001, but that was canceled during the first season. It wasn't until her talk show debuted in 2003 that DeGeneres got back on her feet in Hollywood, proving that an openly gay woman could get down with Middle American soccer moms. Now she's got Academy Awards host and American Idol judge on her resume too.

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